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In this weekly column, I typically explore some young players who haven’t made much of a consistent impact to date on their fantasy football teams. Some players may be available on your waiver wire, some may be available via a cheap or kwrightmoderate trade. Acquiring or not acquiring one of these players could decide how well your dynasty or keeper team does for the next few years.  This week I take a look at two Titans receivers in Justin Hunter and Kendall Wright.

WR-Justin Hunter, TEN– This second year receiver only received two targets this week against the Ravens.  There seems to be little wrong with his technique as he gets off the line quickly when he is going out on a pass pattern or blocking in the run game.  The wide out can seal off his defender when run blocking.  Hunter spent most of the time split out wide on the single receiver side.  He has good balance, adjusts well to the ball in the air, and can catch the ball at its highest point with his fingertips.  Read More »

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The NFL preseason is now over.  Many younger and/or fringe players are fighting for roster spots on NFL and fantasy football teams as you read. We got slight glimpses into the thought pattern of some teams with how much or how little these jfootathletes played and others we will never know.  Here are my general thoughts about some of the more interesting younger players or free agents from the first half of their last preseason game.

Browns vs. Bears

This is one of those games only the fantasy community and the greater Northeast Ohio area could love (I speak from experience coming from Wayne County).  Johnny Manziel plays like a crazy man.  One minute the quarterback shows patience in the pocket, sets his feet, perhaps he bootlegs one side or the other, and then throws with a solid motion connecting downfield.  On the very next play, the rookie tosses a wobbly duck across his body.  Two plays after that Manziel doesn’t feel pressure and gets strip sacked.  Fast forward to the next series, he runs around in the backfield trying to give his receivers time to get open downfield then runs for a five yard gain.  Inconsistency is the name of his game.  The running back race just got a lot tighter with rookie Isaiah Crowell showing up in the third quarter to have over one hundred yards on 13 carries.  Yes, most of the people playing at that time are not NFL employees anymore, but the troubled free agent rookie finally shined carrying tacklers with him.  Crowell got low, ran thru defenders, and demonstrated a high effort.  Read More »

d'a thomasThe time is drawing near. Preseason game three is the dress rehearsal for every NFL franchise and the most important game for fantasy football. The players get placed in real game scenarios and get game planned against. The only constant about the NFL is that it is always evolving and this week’s games are no different. I watched at least three-quarters to get the best idea about how these players would be used. My focus is on the first three-year players and this year’s free agents.  Here are my observations:

Chiefs vs. Vikings

The Travis Kelce show took a detour against the Vikings when Anthony Fasano got the majority of the targets with the first team.  Second year running back, Knile Davis, has good hands, nice leg drive, and uses a stutter stop and start to get past defenders.  He is no Charles though, even with a few spins and forward lean. Rookie offensive weapon De’Anthony Thomas seems to be used as a distraction with a few trick plays here and there.  He has great burst combined with good downfield vision which makes his very dangerous in space. Unfortunately, Thomas is so small that I’m not sure if he can hold up with more than five touches a game. Read More »

Here it is, another week of NFL preseason games.  Hopefully your fantasy football players are more involved this week, so we might get a better idea about how each team will look like in the regular season.  It’s critical to keep up with the NFLvaccy changing landscape, because it gives you a jump on the waiver wire and possible trade scenarios.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or new team additions.  Here are some quick observations based on around the first three-quarters of each game:

Titans/Saints

The young superstar receiver, Brandin Cooks, who was so active the week before had a quiet game.  He did get behind the defense a few times, but only connected once.  The rookie catches the ball in stride and has great sideline awareness.  Khiry Robinson, the second year back, showed some versatility lining up in the backfield and out wide.  He has quick feet, can get small in the hole, but did not stand out during the game.  Taking advantage of the preseason is exactly what Ryan Griffin is doing. The current third string quarterback is showing more touch and connected deep downfield.  Defensive end Cameron Jordan continues to dominate the line of scrimmage, throwing offensive linemen around, so he can get make the play.  The ball hawk award should go to safety Kenny Vaccaro.  He plays physical, forcing fumbles, and attacking on blitzes going untouched to sack the opposition. Read More »

 

At dynasty blitz, I am watching each preseason game and let my readers known what I’m seeing.  The NFL landscape is very fluid, so please consider that this is only the first week.  My efforts concentrated on the younger players and/or newclowney team additions.  Here are some quick observations after watching the first half of each game:

Texans/Cards

There wasn’t much to write about the Texans as their dismal efforts stunk up the joint in their first preseason action.  It wasn’t all their fault with Arian Foster, Brian Cushing, and Andre Johnson  not playing.  Houston’s number one draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney, did put on quite a show though.  The converted outside linebacker looked lost in pass coverage and got beat for a touchdown in the first quarter (penalty nullified the play).  Clowney raced off the line of scrimmage to get immediate pressure on the signal caller and blew up a gut shot run play with a five yard loss.  Read More »

This is the final installment of my full disclosures of my dynasty fantasy football teams.  My team, Ivanka Trumps All, is coming off its first title in 2013 and looking for more championships.  This is my longest running league that started in dalton2010.  The league began as a local NYC league with my friend Derek aka Swoop as the commissioner several years earlier.  He was a member of my old Anakin’s Dynasty League (which lasted five years earlier) and liked the dynasty concept.  Only about half of his New York league mates wanted to make the jump to a dynasty fantasy football league, so Swoop and I ended up mixing his local friends and several of my online friends to form this 12 team league.  You can find the league here:http://www19.myfantasyleague.com/2014/home/49187#0

This is a “starter IDP league”.  Sometimes new IDP players are nervous about trying different things, so this league only starts four IDP positions: 1-2 LBs, 1-2 DLs, and 1-2 DBs with tackle heavy scoring.  I attempt every year to get more defensive players added to no avail.  On offense the starting lineup looks like: 1 QB, 1-3 RBs, 1-3 WRs, 1-3 TEs (6 starters between RB/WR/TE), and 1 K.  All touchdowns are worth 6pts and the PPR concept stagers with 1pt for running backs, 1.25 for wide receivers, and 1.5 for tight ends.  There are also bonuses for certain thresh holds: 5pts for 100 yards rushing or receiving (not combined) and 5pts for 300 yards passing.  During the regular season, the rosters drop to 30 regular spots and four taxi squad slots for rookies and injured players listed as doubtful or worse.

QBs- Tony Romo, Andy Dalton, Josh McCown, AJ McCarron (start 1)

Romo, when healthy, is a good starter who seems to get to 300 yards a lot with their porous defense.  I picked up Dalton in a trade last year and am ok with him as a backup, but I don’t trust him or McCarron much.  McCown helped carry me last season when Cutler got hurt and will only stay on this team if he is starting.  Read More »